Malie works with her mom at an ice cream parlor called Once Upon a Scoop. Malie works at the shop after school and ballet lessons. The parlor has a fairy tale theme, so Malie and her mom wear costumes when they are working. Malie's friends come to the parlor to hang out. Malie's boyfriend, Evan, also comes. Malie is skillful, passionate, and determined.
After ballet practice, Malie runs into a boy she's never seen. His name is Lanz, and he's from Italy. Malie is already frustrated because her ballet teacher is retiring and prices are going up at the Academy. Malie doesn't know if she'll be able to afford lessons. She also wanted to audition for Cinderella, but won't be able to if she can't afford to go to the Academy.
Hi! I'm Malie. I'm a student at the Academy. I got to go. I'm late to work!
Oh... I'm Lanz. I'm from Italy, and I like gelato.
Malie tells her friends, Tilly, Andre, and Evan, about the price raise at the Academy. After a talk with Lanz at school, Malie figures out that Lanz's mom is the new head ballerina at the Academy. Lanz's mom is willing to teach Malie for free, but she has to help Lanz with English. Lanz also wants to be able to make ice cream and gelato at the parlor. Malie's mom doesn't know she is taking the lessons, and Lanz's mom doesn't know he is now helping out at the parlor. Evan didn't even listen to what Malie said because he was so focused on making an invention for a contest.
As Malie and Lanz are making ice cream in the back of the parlor, they start to feel a connection. Malie is then torn with the decision between Lanz and Evan. Malie's character changes because now she has to make a decision which will impact her in the future.
After Malie recieved the role as Cinderella, her mom found out that she was taking lessons. Malie's mom doesn't know what to believe from Malie anymore. The next day, Malie and Evan break up because they both felt they should meet other people. Malie's personality changes here as well because she it telling her mom how she feels about ballet. Normally, Malie wouldn't argue with her mom like this.
BALLET IS MY LIFE!
How could you not tell me Malie! No more ballet for you!
Malie's mom finally lets her do ballet again. Her lead of Cinderella was taken, but Malie was able to get it back. Lanz and Malie are together, and their moms find out they work really well together. Malie has a passion for ballet, and even though there were bumps along the way, she never gave up on her dream.